AWS Robotics Blog

Category: Robotics

AWS RoboMaker now supports ROS2 Foxy Fitzroy featuring Navigation2

AWS RoboMaker now supports ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy (Foxy), enabling developers to use Foxy during development or simulation. In ROS 2, Navigation2 (Nav2) is the second generation of the ROS Navigation software stack, enabling robots to move autonomously from point A to B. Nav2 includes new features not previously available in ROS that help developers improve the performance of their robot’s navigation and enables new robotics use cases within logistics, hospitals, or security. In this blog, I review Nav2 features and architecture, and show you how to use Nav2 in AWS RoboMaker.

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Picture of the Spot Robot in Simulation

Clearpath enables robotics prototyping with one-click simulations using AWS

AWS helps Clearpath Robotics make it easier for their customers like Boston Dynamics to prototype robotics applications in simulation. With the AWS CloudFormation Launch Stack, Clearpath’s customers can launch Gazebo simulations in AWS RoboMaker with a click of a button.  

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Cloud Robotics

Deploying ROS applications as Snaps with AWS IoT Greengrass 2.0

AWS recently announced the release of AWS IoT Greengrass 2.0, an edge runtime that offers added flexibility in deploying containerized applications than its predecessor. In this blog, we’ll explore why this improvement is useful for the robotics community, and walk through how you package and deploy Robot Operating System (ROS) applications to devices using AWS IoT Greengrass 2.0.

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How INESC TEC tests and deploys ROS applications with AWS RoboMaker

The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science (INESC TEC) is a research and development institute headquartered at the University of Porto in Portugal. In this blog, we discuss how robotics researchers at INESC TEC automate testing and deployment of their Robot Operating System (ROS)-application in AWS RoboMaker simulation.

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PR2 navigating the Hospital World

Testing a PR2 Robot in a simulated Hospital World

Nowadays, risk of spreading disease is a key concern in hospitals, where doctors, nurses and other caregivers are on the front lines helping patients. Hospitals have started using robots in daily operations such as contactless delivery and room disinfection to reduce risk of spreading disease. As the need for robots in healthcare grows, better tools are needed to build, test, and deploy robotics applications quickly and safely. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has developed a Gazebo simulated Hospital World and published it as open source so that robotics companies within the Healthcare industry can more easily test their robots in a simulated hospital environment. In this blog, I will provide an overview of the hospital and share my experience using it to test a PR2 robot, including software failures that I encountered that you may find helpful.

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Build an Alexa controlled robot with AWS RoboMaker

Introduction Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service and Alexa-compatible devices allow users to control their smart devices with voice commands. Today, Alexa is available on hundreds of millions of devices from Amazon echo devices to third-party devices. Alexa Skill Kit (ASK) provides a way for robot developers and manufacturers to build a natural voice interface for their […]

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NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Open Source Rover

Navigating robots on Mars: Results of the AWS JPL Open Source Rover Challenge

Earlier this year, we held the AWS JPL Open Source Rover Challenge, a four-month competition where participants from around the world used deep reinforcement learning to drive digital robot models on a virtual Mars landscape. Participants created autonomous navigation models for the robot and trained them in AWS RoboMaker simulation. The virtual robot used in […]

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